The tour is expected to last about 60 minutes, officials say.
ATLANTIC CITY — President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie have completed an aerial tour of some the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Traveling in a presidential helicopter, Obama and Christie flew over Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, Seaside Heights, and Point Pleasant. They returned to Atlantic City International Airport at 2:24 p.m.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the White House reached out to Christie's office to make the trip happen. He would not address how the New Jersey visit might be sending a political message less than a week before Election Day.
"This is a time to focus on what was a devastating storm and the terrible aftermath of that storm. New Jersey was by many measures the hardest hit state, I believe that's correct," he said. "It is entirely appropriate for the president to visit New Jersey and receive updates on the efforts there to recover and to view first hand the damage inflicted by Sandy. This is not a time for politics."
The president appreciates efforts from governors and local officials, "regardless of political party," Carney said.
As with past disasters, "we are very careful about making sure that the places that we visit we are not using resources that would otherwise be used in recovery efforts, that's the case here."
Amid all the devastation was a political note: Someone has written "ROMNEY" in large letters in the sand at the north end of Point Pleasant Beach.
Obama has a comfortable lead in the polls in New Jersey.